Daily Passenger Travel: 2001, 2009, 2017

Travel per person 2001 2009 2017a
Daily person trips
3.7
3.8
3.4
Daily person-miles
36.9
36.1
36.1
Travel per driver
Daily vehicle trips
3.4
3
2.7
Daily vehicle-miles of travel
32.7
29
25.8
Average commute
Length in miles
12.1
11.8
11.5
Travel time in minutes
23.3
23.9
26.6
Percent of work trips by usual mode
Private vehicles
90.8
89.4
87.5
Public Transit b
5.1
5.1
6.9
Walk
2.8
2.8
2.9
Other c
1.3
2.7
2.7

Notes:

aThe 2017 NHTS includes a different methodology compared to previous years such as an address-based sample including more urban and cell phone only households.  bPublic transit includes local bus, commuter bus, commuter train, subway, trolley, and streetcar.  c“Other” includes travel modes not specifically cited, such as motorcycle, taxi, bike, truck, and other.

The usual mode is defined as the means of transportation usually used to go to work in the week prior to the travel day.

Sources:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 2017 National Household Travel Survey, available at https://nhts.ornl.gov/ .

Last Updated: November 2018